When I was doing my yoga this afternoon I was thinking that it would be a good idea to have a list of yoga poses where you can see immediately what you need from the session. It might be that you feel very tired, that you have pain in certain parts of your body, that you have a headache, that your feet are hurting, that you feel generally low, that you are angry, that you had a bad dream which is chasing you with problems of the past or that you just need a bit more joy, fulfilment and a more positive attitude.
For each pose there is a link to my website where this pose is explained in detail.
My list of yoga poses for physical problems
First we will see what you can do with problems in your thighs and hips.
Thigh problems can result in various symptoms like pain, swelling and bruising and can come from an injury like overstretching or twisting, falling or a blow to the thigh.
Thigh problems can also cause muscle pain around hip, calf or knee and will disappear when your thigh problem is solved.
Upper thigh pain can be caused by
- compression on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve by tight clothing, being overweight, scar tissue from surgery or diabetes-related nerve injury, even by carrying a wallet or cell phone in pants’ pockets
Pain on the outside of upper thighs can be caused by
- pressure or repetitive movements, common in runners and in women
Pain or muscle spasms in thighs can be caused by
- overuse of hip flexor muscles
Yoga can help to strengthen and lengthen your thighs and so to stabilize and align them.
POSES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR THIGHS
2. RECLINED HERO
2. see https://eaglenfalcon.org/yoga-for-foot-pain-get-help-here/
3. BOUND ANGLE
5. FORWARD FOLD
6. STANDING FORWARD BEND
7. WIND RELIEVING POSE
12. CHILD’S POSE
13. HAPPY BABY
Hip problems can result in various symptoms like discomfort in your thigh, inside or outside the hip joint, groin or buttocks.
Pain can mostly be caused by
- Arthritis – especially by older adults
- Hip fractures
- Bursitis (sacs of liquid getting inflamed)
- Tendinitis – inflammation of tendons
- Muscle or tendon strain – by inflammation due to overuse
Yoga can help to increase flexibility in your hips without putting additional strain on them.
POSES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR HIPS
3. RECLINED COW FACE
4. REVOLVED TRIANGLE
5. REVOLVED WIDE-LEGGED FORWARD BEND
7. EXTENDED HAND TO BIG TOE
8. EXTENDED TRIANGLE
9. FORWARD FOLD
10. HALF LORD OF THE FISHES
11. STANDING FORWARD BEND
12. WIND RELIEVING POST
15. RAISED FOOT
16. WARRIOR II
19. CHILD’S POSE
20. HAPPY BABY POSE
I do hope that my lists will help you choose the right poses for any problems you may have. If there are so many possible postures for hips for example, you just try them out and choose the ones you like best, you do not have to do all 22. But with time you will feel that addressing regularly any pains or discomforts you might have in your various body parts will help you a lot, either the problem will disappear or the pain will be much less without the help of pain killers or other medication. This is of course only valid for cases where you are not forced to see a doctor! When you start your exercises at the beginning of any problems you are on the right way.
In my next posts I will discuss poses for feet, knees, legs, back and spine.
Please come back to me for any suggestions, questions or anything else.